William Shakespeare's Othello


Brought to you by The Educational Company of Ireland
With annotations, analysis and commentary by Patrick Murray
Podcasts read by actors Simon Coury and Niamh Daly

Imagery and symbolism

‘A careful study of the imagery in Othello yields some interesting and rewarding results. Two main functions of the imagery can be distinguished:

• Recurring images help to convey major themes.

• Imagery associated with particular characters helps to establish their attitudes and personal qualities.

Three significant image-groups in Othello deserve attention:

• Storm and sea

• Heaven and hell

• Animals.’